When you become pregnant there are multiple thoughts running through your mind all day! Pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life! There are so many different and exciting things about it. The healthy growth of your unborn child becomes your number one priority. Now, everything you do has a direct effect on your unborn child, and you are suddenly burdened with a whole new list of worries.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is very important. Remember to take care of your body first, and your baby will subsequently be taken care.
Here are a 10 Health Rules For Moms To Be:
1. Prenatal Vitamins
Do not skip out on your prenatal vitamins! You can get prenatal vitamins from most supermarkets, pharmacies, and grocery stores at a variety of different price points. Prenatal vitamins ensure that your baby receives the vital nutrients it needs to thrive and develop in your womb. Of course, you should strive to make sure that you eat healthy foods that include essential vitamins, but sometimes, we do not eat enough foods that contains the vitamins a baby needs to grow.
2. Prenatal Care
One of the first things on your to do list as newly expectant mom should be to call your doctor and schedule an appointment. Seeing your doctor often during your pregnancy is vital to you and your baby’s health. Your doctor will make sure that you and your baby are not at risk for certain prenatal conditions. He or she will monitor you and your baby for the duration of your pregnancy.
Not only should you see your OB/GYN on a regular basis during your pregnancy, but you should also make an appointment with your dentist. Let your dentist know that you are pregnant. Most routine dental care is safe for your unborn child, and dental x-rays propose very low risks to your child. It is important to have dental care during pregnancy in order to help prevent and treat conditions such as pregnancy gingivitis.
3. Consider Your Food Choices
Obviously, it is important to maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy. You can consult your doctor on the specific recommended weight gain for your body. Many women think they need to eat double their normal proportions, but this sentiment is not true. While you may need 300-500 additional calories to help support your growing baby, you do not need to double your typical food intake. There are also certain foods that you should avoid during your pregnancy because they could harm your unborn child. Certain fish (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, tuna steak) contain high levels of mercury which could harm your baby. Raw eggs and any way meats are another no go for a pregnant woman. You should also monitor your caffeine intake. Coffee is the most likely place you will have to cut back on, but other foods and drinks, such as chocolate and tea, contain caffeine. One to two cups of regular coffee a day should be fine, but you could always switch to decaf and have as many cups of coffee as you want!